Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert. It is sometimes called Atholl Brose (which is more properly a drink using similar ingredients). A traditional way to serve Cranachan is to bring dishes of each ingredient to the table, so that each person can assemble their dessert to taste. Tall dessert glasses are also of typical presentation.
It was originally a summer dish and often consumed around harvest time, but is now more likely to be served all year round at weddings and on special occasions. A variant dish was ale-crowdie, consisting of ale, treacle and whisky with the oatmeal – served at a wedding with a ring in the mixture: whoever got the ring would be the next to marry.
- 4 tb Medium oatmeal, lightly toasted
- 2 c Whipping cream
- a little (heather) honey, to taste
- 2 tb (or more!) malt whisky (Drambuie may be substituted)
- 2 c Raspberries
- Whip the cream until frothy, adding honey and whisky.
- Fold in the toasted, cooled oatmeal.
- Place some fruit in the bottom of tall glasses, layer in the cream, repeating and finishing with the cream on top.
- Decorate with a single piece of fruit.
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